Estonia -Teachers' union prepares for strike -December 14, 2011

On 14 December, the board of the Education Personnel Union decided to begin preparations for a strike after receiving a letter from the chairman of the Parliament's Finance Committee saying that there is no possibility of a pay increase. Such an increase would only come with the reorganisation of the education system. According to Sven Rondik, union president, “That's the same as nothing, because reorganisation is a matter for the distant future.” Rondik added that the strike may come as soon as late January or early February. The first steps in the process would be to apply to the State Conciliator’s office for the right to strike, and then poll union members. Support from other unions would also be sought, the union president said.

English: http://news.err.ee/education/a7924b48-9669-4797-8430-52726f3ba387

 

This article was published in the Collective Bargaining Newsletter. It aims to facilitate information exchange between trade unions and to support the work of ETUC's collective bargaining committee. For more information, please contact the editor Maarten van Klaveren, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) M.vanKlaveren@uva.nl or the communications officer of the ETUI, Mariya Nikolova mnikolova@etui.org. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net. © ETUI aisbl, Brussels 2011.


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